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Report: Halak could miss more than three weeks

Apr 3, 2013, 9:24 AM EDT

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It’s a good thing the St. Louis Blues didn’t get rid of goaltender Brian Elliott.

Netminder Jaroslav Halak will be out for “three weeks or so” with what is believed to be a groin injury, according to ESPN and TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.

In other words, Halak will miss the vast majority of what’s left of the 2013 campaign, if he can even play at all before the playoffs. Consequently, if the Blues are going to make it past the regular season, it will be on the strength of Elliott and Jake Allen.

Allen has already played in 12 games with the Blues and for a time seemed to have passed Elliott on the depth charts. However, before Halak’s injury, the Blues decided to return Allen to the minors and finish out the season with Elliott and Halak.

This turn of events will also put more pressure on the Blues’ defense, which looks impressive after the acquisitions of blueliners Jordan Leopold and Jay Bouwmeester.

Those trades sent a message that the Blues fully intend to make a run this season, but with a 18-14-2 record, their spot in the playoffs is far from guaranteed.

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